Today begins a week I look forward to all year–Liturgical Composers Forum. The reality of my rich, busy life as a work-from-home mom is that time is at a premium. Always. Concentrated time has to be planned for. And retreat time is VERY hard to come by.

In one sense, it’s funny to use this quote in this context. After all, I’ll be spending this week with a whole lot of people I really like hanging out with. Not a “deserted” place at all. But it is a restful one. One where we get to do morning and evening prayer in community every day.

And let’s be honest: as any parent knows, four or five days spent away from direct, hands-on responsibility for kids is, by definition, a retreat. This is a week in which I get to spend several of each day’s breaks walking quietly outside or settling into the recliner in my room, being still in the presence of God.

So pray for me this week, and I will pray for you. I’ll be back next week.

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